Please contact Director of Team and Community Engagement Justin Tognarine regarding accessibility by phone 412.237.1641 or email.
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, including Carnegie Science Center, welcomes all visitors. We work to assist visitors with disabilities in obtaining reasonable and appropriate accommodations, and in supporting equal access to our websites, services, programs, and activities. Please note that requests for accommodations at our museums should be made at least two weeks prior to your visit. For specific questions, please see a staff member at the museum’s ticket counter or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412.237.1641. The four Carnegie Museums are committed to keeping their websites compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. We welcome any feedback on how to improve our sites’ accessibility for all users, and we strive to develop websites that are accessible to all.
Wednesday Hours Reserved for Seniors and At-Risk Visitors
The Science Center is open 10 am–noon on Wednesdays for those in our community who are most at risk – seniors, visitors with disabilities, or those with compromised immune systems. The building capacity is limited during this time. We ask that other visitors respect these dedicated hours.
Accessible Parking and Entrance
Accessible parking spaces are located in the rear of the Highmark Sportsworks building. Once parked, there is a large blue sign on the side of the main building directing you to the accessible entrance on the ground level of the main building.
A personal care attendant (PCA) accompanying a visitor with a disability receive admission at no charge during their visit. PCA’s must identify themselves as a PCA when purchasing tickets onsite to receive free admission. Visitors with a PCA wishing to purchase tickets before their visit can call 412-237-3400.
PA ACCESS card holders, PA Medicaid Recipients and EBT card holders from any state are eligible for general admission at $3 each for the cardholder and up to 3 additional people. Visitors must present their EBT Card and matching photo ID to receive the discount. Not valid with any other offer or group visit. Cardholder must be present.
Nursing Room & Restrooms
Carnegie Science Center values inclusivity and strives to ensure employees and visitors feel accepted, respected and welcomed in its museums and workplaces, including restroom facilities. This policy outlines the museum's approach to safe and appropriate access to sanitary facilities for all employees and visitors.
Employees, volunteers, visitors, contractors, vendors and others using Science Center facilities are welcome to access restrooms corresponding to their gender identity. Restroom access is at the discretion of the individual to determine the most appropriate and safest option for them.
Accessible restrooms are available on every floor. Some may need or desire additional privacy and, regardless of the underlying reason, may access private gender-neutral restrooms as available in SpacePlace, The Rangos Giant Cinema Exit, and Highmark Sportsworks®. No person, however, shall be required to use such a restroom.
Restroom facilities are designated by posted signage throughout the Science Center. Please refer to visitor museum maps or consult security and/or visitor services staff for specific restroom locations.
For Visitors with Limited Mobility
Non-motorized wheelchairs and portable stools are available to use at no cost, on a first-come, first-served, basis. Motorized wheelchairs are available for $25 per day. See a staff member at the first-floor ticket counter for availability. A photo ID is required.
Below-deck visits on the USS Requin Submarine requires full mobility.
For Visitors on the Autism Spectrum and/or With Sensory Sensitivity
Sensory backpacks (including a pair of noise cancelling headphones, mittens, sunglasses, fidget toys, a cue card), weighted vests, blanket and lap pad are available to borrow at no-cost on a first-come, first serve basis. See a staff member at the first-floor ticket counter for availability.
For Visitors Who are Blind or with Low Vision
Sighted guides are available with two weeks advance notice. Most of our exhibits are interactive, hands-on experiences.
For Visitors Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
American Sign Language interpreters are available with two weeks advance notice.
Closed Captioning and Assistive Listening Devices are available for most shows in the Rangos Giant Cinema. Please contact us at 412.237.1641 or email@example.com to confirm availability.
Service animals are welcome at the museum. Service animals are defined as any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.
Accessibility at Carnegie Museums
For policy details, read the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Notification/Resolution Procedure .